Larry K. Lowry, Ph.D.: Director

Dr. Lowry is the overall project manager and coordinator. He has a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. He has extensive experience with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the Health Hazard Evaluation Program, through the assessment of worker exposure. Following his retirement from the US Public Health Service Commissioned Officer Corps, he worked at Midwest Research Institute. His major duties were lead-based paint issues for EPA and assistance of ATSDR in the conduct of health studies of residents living near hazardous waste sites. Since coming to UT Health Northeast in 1996, he has developed and taught courses in advanced occupational and environmental health, industrial hygiene and toxicology. He currently holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.

Dr. Lowry’s expertise is in the assessment of human exposure to chemicals by measurement of these chemicals or biotransformation products in biological specimens, referred to as biological monitoring. He currently chairs the international committee, the Biological Exposure Indices (BEI) Committee of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. His expertise includes many years of experience in the practical assessment of children’s health as impacted by the environment and has publications related to lead and mercury.

Jeffrey L. Levin, M.D., M.S.P.H.: Administrative Advisor

Dr. Levin is board certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. Dr. Levin chairs the Department of Occupational Health Sciences. He has published articles and chapters on a variety of topics, in peer reviewed and other publications, with the vast majority pertaining to occupational lung diseases and agricultural occupational health. He directs the Occupational Medicine Residency Program and helped develop a curriculum for graduate training in environmental science and in public health which serves as the academic component of the residency. He has been in the field of occupational and environmental medicine for over 20 years and has lectured widely on a variety of related topics both nationally and internationally. Dr. Levin is fluent in Spanish and is licensed in both Texas and Louisiana.

Dr. Levin specializes and holds interest in the area of Occupational Respiratory Disease, Abesto’s Exposure and Agricultural Occupational Exposure.

Sharon D. Huff, M.D., M.S.: Co-Director

Sharon Huff is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Medicine in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center Tyler. Dr. Huff attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas and completed her residency in Occupational Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler and is board certified in occupational medicine. She is associate director of the Occupational Medicine Residency Program and has worked with the National Children’s Study in Lamar County.

Marcus J. Hanfling, M.D.: Faculty

Mark Hanfling is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, in the Department of Pediatrics under Academic General Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. Dr. Hanfling is American Board Certified and specializes in Lead Injury and Injury Prevention. Dr. Hanfling attended medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago Illinois, completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in Neurophysiology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hanfling is currently directing a Lead Injury Clinic at Ben Taub Children’s Center in Houston Texas.

Dr. Hanfling specializes and holds interest in Medical Education in Environmental Health, Lead Toxicity, Lead Treatment, and Lead Prevention.

Monique Mills, M.D.: Faculty

Monique Mills is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of General Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler.

Shannon J. Cox-Kelley Ed.D, MS, MCHES: Faculty

Dr. Cox-Kelley is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Medicine in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center Tyler. Dr. Cox-Kelley holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Health Studies, a Master of Science in Health Education, a Masters of Science in Biological Sciences and a doctorate in Higher Education all from the University of Texas A&M Commerce campus. Dr. Cox-Kelley also holds a Master Certified Health Education Specialist certification through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Dr. Cox-Kelley comes to SWCPEH with extensive experience in online education design, healthcare provider continuing education development, and community health promotion and assessment. She has an interest in special populations and hopes to continue her service in health education, promotion, and assessment of these diverse cultures through acting as a faculty member for SWCPEH. She held a faculty position with Texas A&M Commerce from 2006-2008 and still holds an adjunct position with the institution designing and teaching courses in biomechanics and wellness. Mrs. Cox-Kelley also holds a current adjunct position with the University of Texas Tyler campus and the Northeast Texas Community College biology departments.